GSU to renovate two Bell buildings it once planned to demolish
Atlanta’s preservation successes are few and far between.
So, we should celebrate when buildings once slated to be demolished will be preserved and put to a great use.
Georgia State University recently announced plans to house the new headquarters of its National Institute for Student Success in the “Bell buildings” on Auburn Avenue on a block that’s become a hub for the university – thanks to the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.
The Woodruff Foundation is making a $15 million gift to go towards the renovation and adaptive reuse of the Bell buildings, a project that’s expected to cost about $30 million.
In an interview, GSU President Mark Becker reflected on the shift in thinking between 2015, when the university was planning to tear down the 1907 and 1922 buildings for a surface parking lot.
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